Ikeda Wisdom Academy

Ikeda Wisdom Academy: October 2016

The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 6 Part 4, Section 6


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Ikeda Wisdom Academy is an SGI-USA Youth Division movement to engage youth leaders in advanced study.

The following is a poem written by the young Daisaku Ikeda, after listening to second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda’s lecture on the Lotus Sutra. This poem appears in The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, volume 6, pp. 265–67.

Impressions of President Toda’s Lectures on the Lotus Sutra from the Seventh Series of Lectures (September 13, 1948)

How I marvel at the greatness and profundity of the Lotus Sutra.
Isn’t it the path to salvation for all humankind?
The teaching that enlightens one to the origin of life and the universe,
the fundamental principle revealed to enable all people to acquire the loftiest
character and happiness.

I am twenty-one years old.
Since setting out on my journey of life,
what did I contemplate,
what did I do,
what did I make the wellspring of my happiness?
From this day on, I will advance bravely.
From this day on, I will live resolutely.
I will live within the life of the Great Law, win over my sufferings.
True sadness inspires one to lead a great life.
I now see the true Great Path and perceive life’s true nature.

Mount Fuji stands solemnly in the evening twilight.
Graceful, multi-hued clouds.
The august moon rising in the east.
And my own existence.
Within my being pulses an activity of life.
And therein exists the zenith of beauty.
I realize my fortune in having encountered the fundamental principles of the
immensely profound and infinite Lotus Sutra.
President Toda will become the mentor of humankind.
Lamenting the condition of his native land, he has the great confidence to
advance, certain of imparting supreme happiness to humankind.
And he has the searing passion of justice that can burn through anything.

I shed tears of emotion at the vast compassion of Nichiren Daishonin, who
fought tremendous persecution and lit a brilliant light out of the desire
to enable all people to attain Buddhahood.
Youth must advance—eternally forward.
Youth must advance—for the eternal prosperity of the Law.

Followers of the Mystic Law, is there nothing shameful in your conduct?
Is your heart free of doubt?
If there is doubt or hesitation, you yourself are causing it.

Religious revolution is itself human revolution.
Likewise, it is educational revolution and economic revolution, and will also
become true political revolution.
The world is confused and polluted.
Who will purify society and the people?

The Soka Gakkai has a profound and great mission.
Its advance alone will decide everything.

Revolution means dedicating one’s life.
We devote our lives to the Mystic Law.
Faithful commitment to a noble cause—
this will be the great cornerstone for the salvation of the country and the world.

Youth, advance embracing great compassion.
Youth, move onward embracing a great philosophy.
I, in my 20s, know the path for leading a youth of the highest glory.


Philadelphia. Photo: Jonathan Wilson.
Philadelphia. Photo: Jonathan Wilson.

Timeline

SEPTEMBER

Online registration for the exam opens on September 1 and ends on September 30. Those who register will get a free exam workbook by mail.

OCTOBER

Complete study meetings for The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, volume 6.

NOVEMBER— JANUARY

Review materials from The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, volumes 4–6, on your own and at Ikeda Wisdom Academy meetings.

JANUARY 29, 2017

Take the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam, Part 2, at local centers.


Syllabus – October 2016
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Volume 6

Wisdom of Lotus Sutra _6PART 6: “Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Universal Worthy” Chapter

SECTION 7: Treasuring Each Person Is the Conclusion of the Lotus Sutra, pp. 211–38

SECTION 8: The Lotus Sutra Is a Teaching of the Oneness of Mentor and Disciple, pp. 239–68


Resources

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Ikeda Wisdom Academy videos and study guides:
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Ikeda Wisdom Academy Part II Guidelines

Academy members should:

> Be district through national youth leaders.
> Have their own copy of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vols. 4–6.
> Read the assigned material prior to each meeting.

 

(pp. 38–39)